Deep Roots During Infertility

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.  They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water.  Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)

Deep Roots

I recently read through the book of Jeremiah.  Actually, I recently finished reading it.  I started it way back in July.  Honestly, it took me so long because it was a difficult book to read.  There were a lot of chapters about battles and cities and Kings and prophets.  It was hard to keep it all straight.

But every now and again, I find a gem of a verse that made me stop and really reflect on it.  Jeremiah 17:7-8 was one of those verses.   [Read more…]

Plus or Minus {Giveaway}

You may remember my recent interview with Matt Apling, co-author (with his wife Cheri) of the forthcoming book, Plus or Minus: Keeping Your Life, Faith, and Love Together Through Infertility.

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After the interview, Matt sent me a thoughtful thank-you card and several free download codes for the ebook.  He told me to use them however I wanted, so I thought it would be fun to run a giveaway.

The winners of the giveaway will receive a card in the mail with the codes and instructions on how to download the ebook, which is in PDF format.  I’m several chapters into reading the book and it’s extremely well-written (which is no surprise since it’s published by Moody, one of the most well-respected Christian publishers in the world) and thoughtful.  I love that it’s not really a formulaic “how-to” book.  It’s more of a memoir of how they and two other couples survived their unique infertility journey, but their insights and wisdom will definitely prove valuable for those of us still in the infertility trenches.

You can enter the giveaway by leaving a comment on this post and using the Rafflecopter Widget below.  (Click this link if you can’t see the giveaway widget).  The giveaway closes on February 3, 2015 at 12:00am PST.  Please note that the giveaway is only open to residents on the United States and Canada.  I’ll randomly pick 3 winners and notify them by email.  Good luck!

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Whitney’s Unexplained Infertility Story

Each week I interview someone who has experienced infertility firsthand.  This week I interviewed Whitney from Beauty and the Mess.  I love her blog and I was so happy she was willing to share her infertility story with us.

unexplained infertility story

Q.  Tell us a little about yourself.

Hello! My name is Whitney and I blog over at Beauty in the Mess. Married to my husband for 13 years, we have four children ranging in age from 5.5 years and 9 months. I am a DIY crafter at heart, and love to encourage women right where they are. We all have a story that needs to be told.

Q.  How long did you TTC and what issues were you facing?

We tried to conceive for 7 years. If only we knew what the issues were. All the tests came back normal. We were in the small percentage that didn’t have answers. That was hard.

Q.  What was your lowest point and how did you survive it?

After seven years of living the roller coaster of emotions each month, I was finished. I couldn’t hope and wish for a baby anymore. I gave up. It was a very lonely time. I survived by inviting my friends in. It was hard. They didn’t fully understand, but they tried. [Read more…]

Courage and Fear During Infertility

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fear during infertility

My apologies for posting later than usual today. I usually prep my posts over the weekend, but I was feeling a little under-the-weather, so I didn’t quite get to it.

I did a lot of reading this weekend and I wanted to share a quote that resonated with me. It’s from The Encouragement Project: 21 Heart-to-Heart Ways to Show You Care by Holley Gerth. In the chapter on Courage, she writes this gem:

“…being courageous is not an emotion or an option. It’s a commandment. Over and over in Scripture, God tells his people to be courageous. I love what he often does next- he follows that command with a compelling ‘because.’

Because I am with you.

Because I have promised.

Because I will do this through you.

God knows that courage isn’t easy. No human can face danger and not feel fear. We’re simply not created that way. Most of the time that survival system serves us well. And yet for all of us, there are moments when God wants to override that system and asks us to lean in and listen harder to his voice than to the fear yelling at us to stop. Because courage changes the world. It breaks through what is and leads into what’s to come. And we become different people in the process too.”

I don’t know what kind of fear you’re facing today. For me, it’s the fear of our next IVF cycle failing. Perhaps some of you fear you’ll never be able to afford IVF. Some of you might be pregnant and live in constant fear of miscarriage. God doesn’t promise none of that will happen, BUT he does promise to be with us. And he does promise to use our courage through the scary moments to change us.

Oh, I know that’s a tough pill to swallow. Frankly, I feel like infertility has already changed me enough. Haven’t I had enough transformation?

But God is Love, so when we walk through scary times let us rest in the knowledge that Love leads us.

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